Many people, particularly on the left, argue that the modern economy is increasing inequality. But,  as I have discussed before, important trends in innovation increase equality.  One example of these equalizers is the sharing economy.   The ideas of a law and economics theorist of the developing world show how this new economy  generates a greater return on the assets that people of modest means are most likely to own.

Bijna 4 jaar geleden richten we Iamb&b op. Een startup met idealen. Wij vonden dat Amsterdammers net zoveel recht hadden om mee te profiteren van de toenemende populariteit van de stad als de internationale hotelketens.
We vonden het ook zonde dat door vakanties, werk, nestverlaters of andere redenen veel super gewilde Amsterdamse woningen gedeeltelijk- of tijdelijk leeg staan.

All companies are startups until they aren’t. Many struggle to find their way back, too. It’s not the days of constrained resources or terrible pay or the heart-stopping uncertainty that they’re missing, of course. Instead, the problem is that it’s a lot harder to implement change at an “established” organization, particularly one that’s making money. Yet the smartest companies know change is crucial. As journalist Alan Deutschman wrote a dozen years ago, including in a book of the same title: “Change or die.”

This week city leaders and urban innovators from around the world convened in Paris for CityLab 2017, hosted by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. On Sunday, October 22, nearly 40 mayors gathered to address an issue that is top of mind for city leaders: new, disruptive technologies—from driverless cars to drones—and how cities can harness this tech to improve life in cities.

Andrew Chen who works on growth at Uber wrote an interesting essay on how to build a marketplace. He talks about how to own a niche, the way Airbnb, Uber and Craigslist did it and then grow from there. He identifies 4 ways to make the leap from being a big fish in a small pond to being an even bigger fish in a big pond. 

    The peer-to-peer (P2P) economy is a relatively simple concept. It's an economy where anyone can transact as both producers and consumers ("prosumers") without having to use intermediaries. The concept of P2P economics has been around for a long time, but recent technological developments make this form of trade much more widespread by lowering costs and increasing ease and access.